Since closing last Wednesday, El Agave’s social media has been overflowing with love and positive words from customers.
After nine years of serving the people of Gulfport, El Agave has closed. Due to rising product prices, owner Mercedes Carranza made the difficult decision to close the Mexican restaurant because he could not justify increasing his menu prices enough to make ends meet.
Just because the decision was made doesn’t mean it was easy for the Carranza family. “What hurts the most, you know, about the shutdown is I feel like I’m letting the community down, you know, we’ve done so much for the community, helping the school system , at church and we were so involved.
Inside the restaurant, it’s evident that the business has impacted so many in the community, it’s one of the main reasons it was so hard to let go. “It’s the pain that’s going to be hard to take away, but I’ll find a way. I’ll find a way to keep helping the community because I’m not going anywhere.
One of the ways Carranza plans to continue helping the community is to support other small businesses in this tough economy.
As for small restaurants, he said it was very important to dine in rather than ordering takeout. Order a soft drink, get the dessert you want and tip your servers. Carranza doesn’t want this situation to happen to anyone else. “There are many other companies that are struggling. Goods and services are increasing, and I don’t know if they will stop, but let’s continue to be a strong community and I love my community, I love you all, and thank you very much, I will always be grateful, my family and I owe you a lot and we will always be part of you.